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Our Impact

2019

  • Supported over 100 parents in our Parent to Parent Phone Support Program since June, 2018
  • In collaboration with META:PHI (Mentoring, Education and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care – Hospital Integration) and the CFPC (College of Family Physicians of Canada) provided a Pocket Guide for the in-office management of alcohol use disorder to the 34, 000 family physicians in Canada.
  • Asked to join the Toronto Drug Strategy Panel
  • Launched our first Public Service Announcement
  • Held five sessions with Toronto Police to discuss our support services, the effect of addiction on the family, stigma and drug policy
  • Presentation at the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) Conference 2019 advocating for CSAM to support the decriminalization of drugs for personal use
  • Sponsored the first Addiction Medicine Week at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
  • Presentations to University of Toronto medical students during Family Medicine Week
  • Community partner of Recovery Day Ottawa
  • Sponsor of Recovery Capital Conference, Toronto
  • Funded research by Pine River Institute and Laurentian University which has been published in The Canadian Journal of Family and Youth on what happens when youth are placed on a waitlist for residential treatment
  • Letter to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) in response to the Commentary “Secure Care; More Harm than Good” published on the CMAJ website
  • CMC: Foundation for Change in the U.S. trained 16 of our parent volunteers for two days in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and MI (Motivational Interviewing)
  • Barb Watts, an ER physician and Member of our Board has joined the Opioid Task Force of The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)
  • Presentation to McMaster University medical students on the impact of addiction on the family
  • Presentations to the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Interviewed by the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario regarding their value-for-money audit of addiction services in Ontario
  • Presentation at a conference hosted by the Durham Harm Reduction Coalition on a family perspective of stigma and harm reduction
  • As a result of a meeting with the Canadian Psychologists Association (CPA), the CPA has agreed to build an online program that could be used by all Canadian schools in teaching psychology students about addiction
  • Costco and Walmart are changing their policies as a result of our initiative to have naloxone kits and signage in all pharmacies across Canada

2018

  • Launched our Parent Support Group in Toronto for parents whose children are struggling with problematic alcohol or other drug use
  • Submission to Health Canada regarding the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substances Strategy
  • CTV News interviewed FAR Co-Founder, Louise Lemieux White on October 17th, 2018 – the day Canada legalized cannabis
  •  Provided feedback to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) regarding their online educational modules to empower and support families affected by addiction
  • Successfully advocated for two drugs to treat alcoholism, Naltrexone and Campral, to be added to the Ontario Drug Benefits Formulary
  • Met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne who later announced funding for treatment beds for addicted youth as requested
  • Presented at the Canadian Nurses Association Cannabis Think Tank Conference
  • Began high school presentations to parents, staff and youth 
  • Participated in MP Rob Oliphant’s Round Tableon protecting addicted youth, including those not seeking treatment 
  • Made multiple submissions (transformation of the criminal justice system; cannabis packaging and labelling; sweetened alcohol beverages) 
  • Wrote to all federal Liberal MPs requesting support for resolutions at their national convention to:  
    • include mental health in Medicare and 
    • take a public health approach to drugs and addiction (not a criminal justice approach 
  • Participated in Health Canada Stakeholder Conference on sweetened alcohol beverages 
  • Presenting at the Recovery Capital Conference, Toronto in September, 2018 on protecting addicted youth 

2017  

  • Launched website for families 
  • Launched Parent-to-Parent (P2P) Support Program 
  • Sponsored and presented at Recovery Day in Toronto and Ottawa 
  • After we met with MP Rob Oliphant, he agreed to hold a Round Table on how to protect addicted youth, including those not seeking treatment 
  • Made multiple submissions to improve the regulation of alcohol and cannabis and on The Good Samaritan Act  
  • Appeared before the Ontario Standing Committee on Policy 

2016 

  • Incorporation and charitable registration 
  • Prepared a submission to, and appeared before, the federal Legalization of Marijuana Task Force